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Keith Feltham View Drop Down
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    Posted: 31 Mar 2010 at 5:21pm
My sink pump gushes water from the top seal and I assume that new seals are not available. Does anyone know where a replacement pump can be sourced and how the old one is removed from the sink?
Thanks, Keith
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Hi Keith.

The bad news is that the Brass Whale 1 1/2" bilge pump that is used on many Contessas as a sink waste pump became obsolete in the 1980's even though it works very well.

The good news is that the spares kits are still available from W.J. Gilmore, 24 Springvale Road, Ballywalter, Co Down, BT22 2RS. www.boatpumps.info. We bought one for about fifteen quid earlier this year. We found the disassembly/assembly of the pump straightforward although you have to remove it from the boat first. If you have any queries please get back to us.

Mark & Liz
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Thanks Mark/Liz

The web site does not work but I have found a telephone number W.J.Gilmore tel: 0284 275 8865 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0284 275 8865      end_of_the_skype_highlighting and will call them.
I need to get the handle off the pump shaft to release it from the sink but can't see any obvious fixing - does it unscrew? - As these things are rare I don't want to use too much force and break it.

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Hi Keith,

Yes the top black plastic handle unscrews from the brass shaft. You may need to use a mole wrench protected with a suitable cloth on the shaft to hold it steady whilst you unscrew the handle. The whole assembly then needs to be removed from the galley before anything else is taken apart.

I'm not sure that the number is right -  the company has recently moved which was why the website was not working - you may need to write.

Mark


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Very helpful Mark thanks.

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Hi I changed the shaft to a metric size and fitted standard seals, machined the bearing to suit, I didn't even think about a repair kit. I really pleased with it, so much pleasure in pumping out the sink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith Feltham Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2010 at 9:04am
The telephone number for William Gilmore was OK and he has promised to send the seals including the shaft seal. Thank you all for your help.Wink
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I recently had the same problem and Mr Gilmore is indeed the correct contact - he sent me an original Spares kit and the pump now works like new.   the number given earlier looks correct.  Any issues making contact let me know and i shall look back in my records.
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Hi, I'm trying to source the same rubber gasket but Mr Gilmore's details no longer seem valid, i've tried several times and the number just rings out. 

Does anyone have up to date contact details?

Failing that there is a company (FPE Limited) that makes the part but they need more details about the size etc. of the gasket and i'm currently a long way from the boat, does anyone have spec for this gasket? 

Thanks a lot

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I'm having the same problem with contacting Mr Gilmore.  I did get through last year and he asked me to send an e mail which I did, but then he never got back to me.  I have the pump here at home and will contact Fluid Power after the week-end, and send them the seals to see if they can match them.  If they can I will post details as I suspect they might do quite a brisk trade! Thanks for tracking down a firm that might be able to help.

Best wishes,

Nick
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